Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Our Story

New York City has always been the epicenter of the American Dream. It's a place of hope and opportunity. A place millions have traveled to in search of a better life. Unfortunately, the American Dream feels unattainable for many vulnerable New Yorkers, who are facing such obstacles as limited education, poor nutrition, low literacy, unemployment, and lack of basic needs. With 45% percent of New Yorkers living near or below the poverty line, the complexity and scale of problems can seem overwhelming. Many people want to step up and help their neighbors, but they feel that the issues are just too big. “There’s nothing I can do to have a real impact.”

NEW YORK CARES WAS STARTED IN 1987 TO CHANGE THAT BELIEF.

EVERY YEAR,
63,000 NEW YORKERS  
VOLUNTEER TO TACKLE
THE CITY's TOUGHEST ISSUES.

 

 
 

 

NEW YORK CARES PROVIDES A SMARTER WAY TO VOLUNTEER.

In the days before New York Cares, volunteering was unnecessarily complicated. The organization's founders believed that individuals can make a real difference in improving NYC only if they have the necessary tools, which are the same ones that enable the most successful businesses to achieve scale and impact - planning, logistics, measurement, quality control, and customer relationship management. New York Cares has infused volunteerism with business acumen to enable anyone who volunteers through our programs to have a disproportionate impact on New York City.

 

1,350 schools and nonprofits partner with New York Cares to deliver high quality programming.New York Cares runs 1,600 volunteer-led projects a month aimed at building capacity for partner agencies.New York Cares served 400,000 New Yorkers in need a year ago through the power of volunteers.

 

MOVING NYC FORWARD IN THREE KEY ISSUE AREAS

Volunteers devote their time and talents to improving education, to meeting immediate needs, and to revitalizing public spaces. Click below for more detail on the high-impact work volunteers are leading in these areas:

    

When people see the outsized impact of their actions, they feel empowered. They feel connected to their city and to each other. But most importantly:

THEY FEEL PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER—THE AMERICAN DREAM.